Saturday, November 20, 2010
20-24 or so large button mushrooms
2 T. minced onion
1 pkg. Stove Top stuffing mix
1/2 lb. sausage or ground beef, browned
garlic powder or garlic salt or fresh garlic
Pull the stems out of the mushrooms. Clean the mushrooms with a damp paper towel or rinse quickly and absorb the water with a paper towel, and set them in an 8x8 pyrex pan. Drizzle some olive oil on them. Chop the mushroom stems up finely. Saute the onion in some olive oil, add the mushroom stems and cook until soft. Add some water to the fry pan, maybe 3/4C.-1 C., add the stuffing mix and stir until the stuffing is a nice consistency, adding more water if you need it. Add the sausage or ground beef and some garlic powder or garlic salt to taste. The mushrooms will give off water when they cook in the oven, so the stuffing can be a little dry before you add them to the mushrooms as it will absorb some mushroom liquid while cooking. It needs to be wet enough to stick to the mushroom however. Stuff the mushrooms, drizzle more olive oil over the tops, cook at 350 for about 20 minutes. It could have been less, I didn't keep track.
from Jane Maynard from the blog, This week for dinner
4 cans whole berry cranberry sauce
3 quarts cranberry juice
2 quarts ginger ale
Run 4 cans of cranberry sauce through a collander or sieve. Add 2 quarts of juice. Freeze. When ready to serve, mash up frozn cranberry mix with 1 quart of cranberry juice and 2 quarts of ginger ale.
In a comment post, Jane said that she believed that this would serve 25 six oz. servings.
Friday, November 19, 2010
1 lb. of breakfast sausage or italian sweet sausage, cooked and crumbled
2-3 shallots or a half onion, finely diced
2-3 ribs of celery, diced
2-3 apples, peeled, cored and diced
1 stick butter
Aproximately 2 cans of vegetable or chicken broth
Sage, if desired
Aproximately 2 boxes of Mrs. Cubbinson's seasoned breadcrumbs or cubes
salt and pepper
melted butter or olive oil
Put the bread cubes in a bowl. You decide by how many people you are having if you use one or two boxes. We like it leftover so I use two boxes. Put the butter or margerine in a skillet and sautee the celery, onion and apple until soft. Pour the vegetables on top on the bread cubes. Add a can of broth and let it sit for a few minutes. Stir to absorb the liquid into the dried bread cubes. Add more broth or water for desired consistency. Put into a greased casserole dish. Top with a little melted butter or some olive oil. Bake, uncovered aproximately 30 minutes at 350 until golden on top.
My family likes it this way, however you could add:
cooked diced giblets, ew
wild rice mix, like Uncle Ben's or Rice A Roni
diced cooked bacon or panceta
raisins or other dried fruit like apricots
egg, as a binder
turkey stock from cooking the neck and giblets instead of canned broth
Thursday, November 18, 2010
by Pam Anderson, USA Weekend, Nov. 14, 2010
1 can (15 oz.) 100% pure pumpkin
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 quart preminum vanilla ice cream
16 gingersnap cookies, coarsely crumbled
Heat pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon and cloves in a medium saucepan, stirring to blend flavors, about 5 minutes. Trasfer to shallow pan; freeze to cool quickly. Soften ice cream (15 seconds to 30 seconds on high power in the microwave). Turn into a large bowl; stir in pumpking puree until nearly incorporated. Crumble 16 gingersnaps into ice cream and continue to fold until incorporated. Freeze until ready to serve. NOTE: The ice cream that I normally buy is not a full quart any more.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Turkey soup, of course
Turkey pot pie, make up a bechamel sauce ahead of time, add your meat and vegetables to it, heat and put a baked round of puff pastry on top of it
Cranberry scones or muffins
Cranberry cream cheese for toast or sweet breads or bagels.
Pumpkin pie milkshakes. I'm not sure how I feel about this.
My own idea, to make up pie pastry ahead of time for your Thanksgiving pies will also work for the leftovers, in using the pie pastry for turkey pot pie. Just make up or buy extra crusts when you are planning on or making pies.
Turkey and dumplings
turkey/cranberry sandwich with a spread of cream cheese.
And if you cannot take another bite of Thanksgiving food, freeze it and it will taste so good in two weeks when you have a busy day of shopping and haven't planned dinner.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
6 medium sweet potatoes (4 lb0, scrubbed
3 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup or pancake syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 slices bacon, cooked crisp, crumbled
3 Tbsp pecans, toasted and chopped
Garnish: snipped chives or slice scallions
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Prick each potato once with a fork. Bake on a rimmed baking sheet 45-55 minutes until soft. 2. When cool enough to handle, cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop insides into a medium bowl. Mash with next 4 ingredients until smooth. Spoon back into skin. 3. To serve: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment: coat foil with nonstick spray. Place stuffed potatoes on sheet; sprinkle with bacon and pecans. Bake uncovered 15 minutes or until hot. Garnish. Planning Tip: Pecans can be toasted and chopped up to 1 week ahead. Bag; store at room temperature. Prepare potatoes through Step 2 up to 2 days ahead. Refrigerate covered. Bring to room temperature before reheating (Step 3).
1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
1 can whole kernal corn
1 can creamstyle corn
2 eggs beaten
1 cup cream
1 stick butter, melted
salt and pepper to taste
Mix together (including corn liquid). Put in an 8x8 pan and bake for 1 hr. at 350 degrees F.
I usually double this and put in a 13x9 pan. You can also add diced green chilies if you'd like.
Roast the dices of Butternut Squash at 400 degrees F. for 20-30 minutes
After roasting the squash, put some of the squash into the blender with some chicken broth or vegetable broth and puree being careful not to explode or implode the contents. Don't ask me why I know that this can happen. Luckily it didn't hit the ceiling and the dogs aproved of the flavor as they were licking it off of the floor. Sometimes if you take the plastic handle thingy out of the top and put a thick thickness of paper toweling on top while you whir, it helps. When I made this, I sauteed some diced shallots and ginger first in olive oil and then added it to the mixture to puree. Or add some ground ginger. Be careful with the ginger, I added a small amount, and the heat was intense, it was fine for me, but the flavor intensified the next day also. Puree with broth until desired thickness. Add salt and pepper to taste unless you salt and peppered the squash when you roasted it.
Turn oven on to 400 Degrees FCut in half carefully, don't lose a digit. Cut off the stem end and the bottom end so that you have a steady squash for peeling and slicing. You really do need to be careful here, the squash is quite hard to cut and peel, and you could quite easily lose control. Don't have any small children at the counter when you do this.Peel carefully, I use a Chef's knife. The big intimidating one. You could try using a peeler, but I'm not that patient.DicePut on a sheet pan and drizzle with Olive oil, then add salt and pepper. Don't look at my gross/grody baking sheet. That's why I usually do fuzzy close-ups. Gorgeous color. Toss the dices around so that all are coated in the Olive Oil and are seasoned nicely. Roast at 400 degrees for about 20-30 minutes.
It comes out all carmelly, sweet and delish. Yum. My favorite new thing to do.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I have been thinking this morning about Thanksgiving and what I will do and some easy ideas that would make someone's dinner table look sensational but require a minimum of effort. I will include them in separate posts so that they can go into the recipe list.
I think that we will have our standard T-giving menu:
Appetizers-Spinach dip from Knorr vegetable soup mix, with french bread chunks, Vegetable or olive/pickle tray. Assorted Juices and soda as everyone assembles together. Ooooooo, and also have to have those Lil smokies. Wouldn't be quite the same without Lil Smokies.
Turkey, possibly a small ham also
Apple, sausage and sage dressing-I cook it separate from the bird so therefore it's called dressing. Something has always freaked me out about putting it in the turkey, plus I like the dressing crusty and crunchy on the top.
Maple pecan yams
Mashed potatoes/gravy-lately I used bottled gravy, don't hate me for this.
Potato salad-HUH? When I ask the family two weeks before t-giving what they want for turkey day, the Hubs alwasy responds with "POTATO SALAD". His mom always served Potato Salad for Thanksgiving. So while it sounds like, to me anyway, that it belongs more on a summer picnic menu, we have potato salad. Except for a couple of years when I was too lazy to make it and one year when I forgot to get it out from the fridge put it on the table.
Homemade cranberry relish/sauce-this is fantastic, just follow the recipe on the package of whole cranberries and you can make it a couple of days ahead. It's easy peezy.
Either that Green Pistachio salad, the fluffy kind with cool whip and pineapple in it or that Pretzel Strawberry salad. Both seem more like dessert than a salad, but, oh well.
Some kind of green vegetable. Which in my family means green beans unless you count the spinach from the appetizer.
Rolls. Sometimes I make homemade and freeze them a couple of weeks ahead. Sometimes I use Pillsbury tube crescent rolls, sometimes I buy them from the bakery at the grocery store.
Pumpkin pie, mincemeat pie and apple pie with whipped cream. Last year, I think for Christmas dinner, I had put a disk of homemade pie crust in the freezer when I had made the pies for Thanksgiving because it was leftover. So I pulled out that pie crust and let it defrost in the fridge, then made a pumpkin pie using it. It worked out great. So make your pie crusts now and freeze them for the day that you make pies or the day of Thanksgiving. Or I make turnovers using the leftover crust. Cherry filling, jam, apple pie filling, mincemeat, all yummy wrapped in pie crust, sprinkled with sugar, with a few tiny slits on top and baked to golder perfection and yumminess.
And I love to have little dishes of nuts and M&Ms throughout the house. With dogs and little kids, they have to be hidden or put up high now.
So now, there you have it. Now I will tell you what I have been doing this past week and this week to prepare for this. The grocery deals are smokin in Nov. You need to get on it. With last week's and this week's Mega 10 sale at Fry's I have been stocking up on baking items, cream soups, chunky soups, canned chili, broths, pumpkin, stuffing mixes, gravy, choc. chips, flour and sugar that I will use throughout the coming year. Take a few minutes to go to http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/ and get your coupons together and organize your list. Seriously, every time that I have gone to Fry's the past couple of days, I have saved over $70. For example, 7-Up and A&W root beer are .40 this week with a coupon and with buying ten Mega 10 products. We will either use it for Thanksgiving, or the kids are always asked to bring soda to a party or two around the holidays, or we will give them away as the neighborhood or friend's gifts.
I have also been using the really good buys, like .50 cookie mixes and .75 Stove top stuffings and .75 gravies to contribute to the school's Feed a Family for Thanksgiving drive. It feels good to help plus at these prices I can contribute double or triple or quadruple what I could have for the original prices. Gathering cheap canned goods for the little kids to help you deliver at a food bank is an excellent way to open up a conversation of how blessed we are to live in this country, how there are so many people who need help in the world, other countries standards of living and to discuss gratitude and thankfulness for what we have.
Bashas' and another store have Gold Medal flour for .99 this week. Bashas' price is just for the weekend, so read your ads! Fry's had toothbrushes for .89 last week and with the Colgate coupon doubled they were free. I need to see if the same is true this week. Would make for a very economicle stocking stuffer for Christmas. Also check the coupons for make up for your big girls for stocking stuffers. Or sometimes things like grooming supplies are dirt cheap if they are on sale with a coupon.
Now is also the time to polish the silver, wiped out the good goblets if they haven't been used in awhile and wipe off the china. Also if you're planning activities for visiting children or table favors or special table decorations, get them done now. Also buy any pans, candles or extras that you need now.
So what is your standard t-giving menu? What are YOU planning?
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Other things going on around the house. The hubs has decided that he needs a new hobby and has taken up mini lathe turning of pens. You buy the "blanks" at the Rockler wood store or you can make your own blanks out of scrap wood. So far he has made a pen out of tulip wood, and one out of walnut. And the coolest material by far he's done, a pen out of a corn cob. Yes, you heard me right. You can buy the corn cob blanks at Rockler. They're treated with something to stabilize them so that they don't disintergrate when they are on the lathe. Also, you can buy acrilic blanks, or blanks with coffee beans, or spaghetti or wheat in them. When he gets the corn cob pen finished, I will post a picture. Blue corn cob Closer look at blue corn cob penYellow corn cob penCloser view of the yellow corn cob pen, but sorry, it's fuzzy. Tulip wood pen Walnut wood pen
Also my little dog is going blind in one eye. I feel like a dog nurse lately meeting scheduled medicine giving. I have pill dispensing and eye drop giving to a dog down to a science. I slip it underneath an animal cracker bit and she scarfs it down. The pills, I mean, not the eye drops. Cream cheese, chicken, peanut butter also work really well. Again for the pills, not the drops. I can just hear someone reading this saying, "No wonder she has an eye problem with all of that peanut butter in her eye." Ha.
On to putting the groceries away and then working on the budget menu.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
1-Pop tarts, Juice
3-Cold cereal, milk
5-Muffins, yogurt, raspberries
7-Cold cereal, milk
1-Bologna sandwich, doritos chips
2-PB&J sandwich, grapes
3-turkey sandwich, strawberries
4-PB&J sandwich, cheetos
5-Turkey sandwich, nutri grain bars, bugles
6-Tomato soup, cheetos
7-Hot pockets, coke
1-Mac & Cheese, crescents, asparagus either steamed or roasted
2-Cheese omelett, salad
3-Spaghetti, garlic toast, salad
4-Hot dogs, buns, carrot sticks, baked beans
5-Chicken and dumplings
6-Bacon and tomato sandwiches
Dreyer's ice cream
Buy 8 deal
1-Shake n pour pancake batter, .99
2-Betty Crocker cookie pouch, .99
3-Betty Crocker muffin mix, $1.99
4-Pillsbury crescent rolls, $1.49
5-Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, $1.49
6-Cinnamon toast crunch or another kind of cereal, $1.49
7-Progresso chicken broth, $1.49
Albertson's 1/2 gallon milk, .88, buy 4 at $3.52
Bar S jumbo meat franks, .88
Carrots, $1/2# bag
Chicken, .88 lb, fam pack, I've allowed for $9.00
10 item deal
1-Hunts Pasta sauce, .69
2-Barilla pasta, .69
3-Sunny D, .69
4-Tillamook cheese, $1.29
5-Tillamook cheese, $1.29
7-Tyson bacon, $1.99
8-Tyson bacon, $1.99
9-Nutri grain bars, $1.99
10-Hot dog buns, nature's Own, $1.29
Red seedless grapes, .77 lb., buy 2 lbs.
Red bell pepper, .99, buy one
Private Selection mesquite smoked turkey, $4.25 lb., buy one lb.
Fry's large eggs, .84, buy 2
Kroger yogurt, 3/$1, buy 9
Bush's baked beans, 10/$10, buy one
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 4
Buy 10 deal
1-Dreyers ice cream, $2.77
4-Kelloggs Poptarts, $1.49
5-Oscar Mayer bologna, $1.49
6-Hot pockets, $1.49
7-Hot pockets, $1.49
8-Kraft Mac & cheese, .49
9-Kraft Mac & cheese, .49
10-Doritos chips, $2.49
Campbell's tomato soup, 2/$1, buy 2 cans
Asparagus, $1.49 lb.
Sweet onions, .77 lb.
Romaine lettuce, .77
Cluster tomatoes, .88 lb., buy one lb.
Items not on list:
flour, for dumplings
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Also check out their website with the link on my Favorites blog list or at:
http://www.make-a-mix.com/ Some great ideas for Halloween on there.
Friday, October 8, 2010
I am loving the convenience lately anyway of refrigerated biscuit dough in the tubes. When I made the Monkey Bread I was pleasantly surprised at how it tasted like a yeast dough when cooked in that way. I hope to try this soon and get a few photos of my own up with this post.
Perfect for fall weather and Halloween time, can you imagine a cup of hot spiced cider with this, or a even a cold glass of apple juice, oh yeah. This is the simple recipe in my own words:
Angie's Homemade Donuts
from the blog, "$5 dinners"
2 tubes of refrigerated biscuits
oil for frying
sugar for coating afterwards Line up the biscuits, use a pop bottle cap to cut out the center.Fry doughnuts and centers in hot oil, being careful not to start a fire or splash wicked hot grease on yourself. When golden brown on both sides, transfer to a paper towel lined plate, and while still hot put in a brown grocery bag with sugar and/or sugar and cinnamon and shake until coated. Or, if you would prefer to frost or glaze your donuts, omit the sugar coating step and make a simple glaze.Above photo shows a plain glaze made out of powdered sugar, vanilla, water and a touch of butter. I think that I would have to make a chocolate glaze to top mine though. With sprinkles on top.
Above, chocolate glaze, no sprinkles. These turned out small because they were from the smaller biscuits. We liked them a lot. They taste different than a bakery donut, but we liked them enough to do it again. They fry up quick, it maybe took me 30 minutes from start to finish. That included making two different kinds of glazes and glazing them. And watching part of "the Price is Right"!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
1-Pancakes, syrup, apple juice
2-Cold cereal, milk
3-Cold cereal, milk, banana slices
5-Creme Brule French toast. See recipe at cloud on right under eggs or breakfast. Use a french bread for this.
6-Cold cereal, milk
1-PB&J sandwich, granola bar, mini carrots
2-PB&J sandwich, pudding cup
3-Bagel with cream cheese, apple
4-PB&J, granola bar
5-Pasta salad, grapes, crackers
6-Chicken Noodle soup, apple, crackers
7-Tomato soup, crackers
1-Banquet Meat Pie, salad
2-Taco soup, see recipe at cloud on right under soups. Tortilla chips, sour cream, cheese as toppers. Use garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper as the seasoning instead of buying a packet of taco seasoning.
3-Fish filets, frozen vegetable
4-Pasta salad, french bread. Pasta, Kroger ranch or italian dressing, zucchini dices, blanched broccoli.
5-Ground beef and bean burritos. Use garlic salt and chili powder as seasoning. You might want to add an extra package of cheese onto your grocery list at $1.25 per package.
6-Vegetable lasagne, salad. Use some of the blanched zucchini and broccoli and red pepper and onion. Make a while sauce and layer vegetables and lasagne noodles together and top with cheese.
7-Macaroni and cheese, fresh green beans, hot dogs either whole or cut into coins, french bread. Leftover vegetables if any.
French bread, .99, buy 2
Iceberg lettuce, .49, buy 2
Smucker's grape jelly, $1.29
Zucchini, $1 lb., buy .50 worth
Santitas tortilla chips, $1.77
Albertson's frozen vegetables, 10/$10, buy 1 or add a dollar to the total and buy 2 if you need to
Ground beef, $1.97 with 5 lb. minimum, 5 lbs. at $9.85
Gala apples, 2 lbs./$1, limit 6 lbs. Buy 6 lbs. at $3.00
Bashas' milk, $1.68, limit 2, buy 2
Seedless grapes, .79 lb, buy 2 lbs.
Red bell pepper, .99
Del Monte vegetables, 2/$1, buy 1, buy corn
Del Monte tomat sauce, 2/$1, buy 1
Buy 2 cans of tomatoes, I've allowed for $1/can, buy 2 fifteen oz. cans at $2
Buy 5 Promotion
1-Aunt Jemima pancake mix, $1.59
2-Aunt Jemima pancake syrup, $1.59
3-Life cereal, $1.59
4-Life cereal, $1.59
5-Quaker granola bars, $1.59
Half and Half, $1.99
Onions, 2#/$1, buy one at .50
Fresh green beans, .99 lb.
Hunt's snack pack pudding, 10/$10, buy 1
Campbell's chicken noodle soup and tomato soup, buy two of each at $2.00
Kraft mac & cheese, 5/$4, buy 2
Triscuit or wheat thins crackers, 2/$4, use coupon from the ad and get a dollar off, so 2 for $3
Banquet pot pies, .44, buy 4 at $2.64
Dole bananas, .48 lb., buy 3 lbs. at $1.44
Eggs, I've allowed for $1.39/doz., buy 2 doz.
Lasagne noodles, I've allowed for $1.99
Langer's apple juice, .99
Barilla Pasta, 10/$10, buy 1
Kroger salad dressing, 10/$10
Kroger bar or shredded cheese, 4/$5, buy 1
Kroger mini carrots, 10/$10, buy 1
Gorton's fish, 2/$7, buy 1
Kroger sour cream, $1
Broccoli or cauliflower, 10/$10, buy 1 lb. of brocc.
Bar S franks, 10/$10
Bush's beans, 10/$10, buy 2
Kroger cream cheese, 10/$10, buy 1
Kroger bagels, 10/$10, buy 1
Pillsbury brownie mix, 10/$10, buy 1
Kroger value bread, .88, buy 2
Kroger value peanut butter, $1.50
Four tortillas, I've allowed for $1.99
Items not on the grocery list:
taco seasoning packet
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Creme Brule French Toast
From my friend Tanya
1/2 C. unsalted butter
1 C. packed brown sugar
2 T. corn syrup
Bread, sliced to cover butter mixture (5-6 slices)
5 large eggs
1 1/2 C half and half
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
In a saucepan, melt butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Pour into a 9x13 glass baking dish. Arrange bread pieces on top. Beat eggs, half and half, vanilla and salt. Pour egg mixture over the bread. Cover and chill overnight in refrigerator. The next morning, bake uncovered @ 350 degrees for 34-40 minutes.
Golden brown and yummy---enjoy.
Friday, September 24, 2010
1-Cold cereal, milk, banana
2-Yogurt/toast, hard boiled egg
3-Cold cereal, milk, peaches
4-Cold cereal, milk
5-Cold cereal, milk
7-Cold cereal, milk
1-Tuna sandwich, carrots
2-Lunchmeat sandwich, grapes, crackers
3-Bagel with cream cheese, grapes
4-Tuna sandwich, apple wedges
5-PB&J sandwich, orange
6-Ramen noodles, apple wedges
7-Ramen noodles, crackers
1-Spaghetti, french bread stick, salad
2-Favorite chicken, see chicken on recipe cloud, canned vegetable
4-Fish, baked potato/butter, canned vegetable
5-Salad, cheese toast on french bread stick slices
6-Chunky soup(Beef, most likely, or some kind of chicken flavor if you'd like) over mashed potatoes
7-Breakfast for dinner, scrambled eggs and toast. Hash browns if any potatos are left. Or Fry's Mac & Cheese for $1 for 2 boxes.
Peach/Raspberry Crisp, see Pies/Crisps on recipe cloud
1-Albertson's bread, .89
2-Albertson's bread, .89
3-Albertson's bread, .89
4-Albertson's cereal, .99
5-Albertson's cereal, .99
6-Albertson's cereal, .99
7-Long grain rice, .99
8-Classico pasta sauce, $1.79
Albertson's butter, 99
Green grapes, .77 lb., buy 2
Mini carrots, .77
Land O Frost shaved deli lunchmeat, $1.99
Albertson's Taco shells, 10/$10, buy 1
Maruchan Ramen noodles, 6/$1, buy 6
Radish or green onions, 3/$1, buy one green onion bunch at .33
Milk, .88 1/2 gallon, buy 4 at $3.52
Bashas large eggs, .77 dozen on Monday only, buy 2
Chompies bagels, $1.99
Philadelphia cream cheese, $1.99
5 lb. bag russet potatoes, .77
Split chicken breasts, .97 lb., buy 6 at $5.82
Dole garden salad, .77, buy 3 at $2.31
Food Club yogurt, 10/$4, buy 4 at $1.60
French stick bread, $1.49, buy 2 at $2.98
Dole bananas, .48 lb., buy 5 lbs. at $2.40
80% lean ground beef at $1.48 lb. in 3# chub at $4.44
Raspberries, $1, buy 2
Yellow peaches, .59 lb, buy 3 at $1.77
Kroger tuna, 20/$10, buy 2 at $1.00
Pillsbury brownie mix, 10/$10, buy 1
Gorton's fish fillets, 2/$7, buy 1 at $3.50
Apples, $1 lb., buy 3 lbs.
Fry's spaghetti, .88
Kroger Value peanut butter, $1.49
Fry's chicken broth, .89, 2 cans, check recipe for sure that it's 2 cans, if not add .89 onto total
Kraft cheese, $1.67, buy 2
Campbell's Chunky soup, 10/$10, buy 2 cans
Fry's mac & cheese, .50, buy 2 at $1 if you opt for mac & cheese on #7 instead of eggs/toast
Navel oranges, .88 lb., buy 3 lbs. at $2.64, Sat., Sun. and Monday only
Safeway canned vegetables, .79, buy 2 cans
Ritz crackers, $1.88, Sat., Sun., and Mon. only
Oats, .79 lb, buy 2 lbs. at $1.58
Items not on list
taco sauce or salsa
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
24 Frozen Rhodes balls
1/2 small box butterscotch pudding mix (not instant)
1/2 C. magarine
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1-Place dough balls in unbuttered bundt pan. (I cut them into quarters) (So I assume that they are thawed then)
2-Sprinkle pudding over the dough
3-Melt margaine and brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour over top. Leave overnight. (Not sure if you would leave it on the counter or in the fridge overnight, I'll have to ask Sooz.) Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes. Invert to cool.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
from Tom H.
who got it from http://www.famousfrenchdesserts.com/
for 8 people
4 tubes Biscuits (refridgerated)
3/4 C. granulated sugar
3/4 C additional granulated sugar
1/3 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. evaporated milk
1 C. butter
1.5 C. chopped pecans (I made it without nuts)
2 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut biscuits into quarters. The biscuits I used were small so I cut them into thirds.. Combine 3/4 C. white sugar with the cinnamon. Roll each biscuit quater in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. In a cake pan or baking dish, (I used two bread pans), layer the biscuits and the pecans. In a saucepan, slowly bring milk, remaining 3/4 C. white sugar, brown sugar, and butter to a boil. Remove from heat. Pour over biscuits in the pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until it is cooked to your liking! Flip pan over onto a serving dish and serve right away! Voila!
Chopped almonds instead
Layer apple chunks and walnuts with biscuits
Layer biscuits with strawberry jam and fresh strawberry slices, omit cinnamon
Raspberry jam and mixed berries
1/2 pound cream cheese (8 oz.)
1/2 pound butter (1 C.)
1 pound powdered sugar (4 C.)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
t tsp. lemon juice
Allow cream cheese and butter to get to room temperature. Beat butter and cream cheese together in a large bowl with a mixer. Slowly add in the powdered sugar. Mix for 12 minutes. Do not mix less than that. When almost done, add in the extract and lemon juice.
Monday, September 13, 2010
1-Cold cereal, milk and juice
2-Instant oatmeal, juice
3-Cold cereal, banana
4-French toast, juice
5-Instant oatmeal, peaches
6-Cold cereal, milk, juice
1-Bologna sandwich, banana
2-PB&J sandwich, grapes
3-Bologna sandwich, cheez its crackers, orange
4-PB&J sandwich, cottage cheese
5-Spaghetti salad(leftover spaghetti noodles, tomatoes, onion, leftover vegs, vinegar and oil and italian herbs), green salad
6-Soup, apple wedges
7-Soup, oranges sections
1-Turkey burgers, potato salad
2-Spaghetti Alfredo, salad
3-London broil, baked potato, green beans
4-Chicken thighs, brown rice, broccoli
5-Taco soup, salad, biscuits. Tortilla chips, grated cheese, sour cream as toppers. See Taco soup recipe under soups in recipe section
6-Chicken salad, cantaloupe wedges. See recipe for chicken salad under Polynesian chicken salad in recipes section. Leave out mandarin oranges. Add scallions and celery to grocery list and total if desired.
Root beer floats
Albertson's sandwich bread, .77 each with coupon, limit 2, buy 2 at $1.54
Iceberg lettuce, .47 each with coupon, limit 2, buy 2 at .94
Ground turkey, $1.99 for 1# with coupon limit 2, buy 1
Albertson's milk, $1.67, limit 2, buy 2 at $3.34
Campbell's soup, $1, buy 4 at $4
Seedless grapes, .79 lb, buy 2 at $1.58
Chicken thighs, .79 lb, buy 3 lbs. at $2.37
American beauty pasta, $1
Bar S Junbo franks, $1
Bar S bologna, $1
Albertson's sour cream, $1
Malt O Meal cereals, $1, buy 4
Albertson's instant oatmeal packs, $1
Albertson's cheese, 2 lbs., $4.99
Onions, $1 lb., I've allowed for 1 lb., buy 1 onion
Food Club canned biscuits, .66
Cheez its snacks, $1.88
Challenge butter, $1.98
Libby's Vegetables, 10/$5, buy 1 can corn at .50
Food Club Peanut butter, 2/$3, buy 1
Food Club grape jelly, 2/$3, buy 1
Lawry's taco seasoning, 2/$1, buy 1 at .50
Fiesta tortilla chips, .99
Shamrock Farms cottage cheese, $1.99
Old Orchard juice blends, 4/$5, buy 1 at $1.25
Dole bananas, .48 lbs, limit 6 lbs., buy 6 lbs. at $2.88
Eggs, I've allowed for $1.39, buy 2 doz.
Gala apples, 2 lbs/$1, buy 4 lbs.
Kroger ice cream, $1.77
Kroger cranberry juice, $1.98
Hunt's tomatoes, .89, buy 3 cans, puree one in the blender to use as tomato sauce
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 2, you may be able to get by with one loaf
Hamburger buns, I've allowed for $1.50
Rancher's Reserve boneless london broil, $1.99 lb., buy 3 lbs. at $5.97. Have one lb. ground into hamburger for the Taco soup
Ragu sauce. Buy alfredo if you'd like. .99
A&W root beer, .77. Monday only
Yoplait yogurt, .50. Buy one vanilla for the chicken salad recipe
Peaches, .49, buy 5 lbs. at $2.45
Cantaloupe, .77 each
Green beans, .88 bls, buy 2 lbs.
Broccoli crowns, .88 lb.
5# bag russet potatoes, .88 each
Vine ripe tomatoes, .77 lb., buy 2 lbs.
Brown rice, .69 lb., buy 1 lb.
Items not on grocery list:
syrup or powdered sugar
Monday, September 6, 2010
1-Pancakes, cranberry juice
3-French toast, bacon
4-Waffles, cranberry juice
6-Corn griddle cakes
1-PB&J sandwich, crackers, banana, Kool Aid
2-Suddenly Salad, crackers, Kool Aid
3-PB&J sandwich, potato chips, grapes
4-PB&J sandwich, potato chips, carrots
5-PB&J sandwich, grapes
6-Hot dog, banana
7-Suddenly salad, watermelon
1-Hamburgers with buns, potato salad, corn on the cob, Big K soda
2-Hot dog on bun, pork and beans, watermelon
3-Pasta Alfredo, salad, garlic baquette
4-Chicken, broccoli and rice
5-Salad, baguette, raspberries
6-Sloppy joes, potato chips, cole slaw. See ground beef under recipes for how I make Sloppy Joes
Peanut butter cookies
Grilled pineapple with vanilla ice cream(add .98 to the grocery total and buy the pineapple at Fresh & Easy)
Broccoli or cauliflower, 2 lbs./$1, buy 2 lbs.
Albertson's buns, .88, buy 2 hamburger and 2 hot dog
Baby red potatoes, $2.99 each
Fresh express cole slaw, 2/$3, buy 1
Campbell's pork and beans, 3/$1, buy 3
Kraft Mayonnaise, $2.99
Bar S meat franks with shocker coupon and min. $10 purchase, .47, limit 2, buy 2
Blue Bunny ice cream, $1.67 with shocker coupon and min. $10 purchase, limit 1, buy 1
Corn, 6/$1, buy 6
Jiffy corn muffin mix, 2/$1, buy one at .50
Krusteaz Pancake mix, $1.99
Food Club butter, $2.49
Dole bananas, .48 lb., buy 8 lbs.
Watermelon, .15 lb., buy 10 lbs. at $1.50
Eggs, I allowed for $1.39 doz., buy 2 doz.
Milk, I allowed for $2 gal., buy 2 at $4
Ocean Spray Cranberry juice cocktail, $1.88
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, $1.77 lb, buy 2 lbs. at $3.54
Farmer John bacon, $1.77
Organic red seedless grapes, .77 lb., buy 3 lbs.
Dole Salad, $1 each, buy 2
Lay's Potato chips, $1.77, buy 2
Kroger Peanut butter, 10/$10, buy 2
Ragu alfredo sauce, $1.67
Pillsbury brownie mix, 10/$10, buy 1
Suddenly Salad, $1.47, buy 2
Big K soda, .69
Kool Aid, 10/$1, buy 10
Rice, I've allowed for $2.99
Kroger mini carrots, $1
LaBrea baguette, .99, buy 2
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 4
Fry's pasta, .88
sweet onion, $1 lb.
Ground beef, $1.99 lb., buy 4 lbs. at $7.96
Oats, .69 lb., buy 3 lbs.
Raspberries, .97, buy 2
Fresh and Easy
If you wish to have grilled pineapple buy Del Monte Pineapple at .98 extra to grocery total
Items not on list:
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I was trying to think what would sound good for our evening meal on Labor Day. Sadly, seems like we are never together at once lately for meals. Or we are coming and going so the table never gets set. It's a shame.
I always gravitate to burgers, hot dogs or brats, potato salad and beans for summer holiday meals. I should be more creative, but I'm not. Or maybe it's just that I choose to not mess with perfection.
I am feeling like I need banana cupcakes today so I will excuse myself shortly to go make these:
Now for some ideas for the Labor Day Menu using what's on sale this week:
Fry's is still taking competitor's coupons so take advantage of the Fresh & Easy coupons for $3 off of a $30 purchase or $5 off of a $50 purchase when buying groceries this week or for your Labor Day BBQ
Organic red grapes, .77 lb.=chilled on ice, nothing better to refresh yourself when you're out in the sun at a swim meet or little league practice or soccer game. Or freeze them for a frozen treat.
Pork Loin Back ribs, $1.97 lb.=BBQ ribs
Boneless skinless chicken breast for $1.77 lb.=BBQ chicken
Farmer John Bacon, $1.77 each.=baked beans, jalepeno poppers, hearty breakfast
Hebrew national beef franks, $1.97 each=hot dogs
Baby Ray's BBQ sauce and Van Camp's pork and beans, .97=baked beans
Dreyer's ice cream, $1.99=brownies ala mode, ice cream sundae bar, root beer floats, strawberry or chocolate shakes
Lay's Potato chips, $1.77=once described by my friend Margie as "the world's most perfect food." Best eaten from the bag, on the way home from the grocery store. Or serve with dip.
Kroger dip, 10/$10
Pillsbury brownie mix, 10/$10=brownies ala mode, brownie blizzard
Keebler Fudge shoppe cookies, $1.66=S'mores
Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad, $1.47
Fresh and Easy:
Mixed grill Pack, $5.99=sausage, hamburger, chicken
Boneless New York Steak family Pack, $4.99 lb.
Pure water, in multiples of 2, 2/$5 for 24 pack
Del Monte gold pineapple, .98=grilled pineapple with vanilla ice cream, fruit skewers/kabobs
Food Club cheese, .99=Cheeseburgers, potato skins
Campbell's pork and beans, 3/$1=baked beans
Split chicken breasts, .98 lb.=BBQ chicken
Colorado Olathe Corn, 6/$1, limit 12=grilled corn with chili butter or lime. Butter or Parmesan. Cheddar corn chowder.
Rib Eye steak, $3.98 lb.=grilled steak with a compound herb butter put on top to serve or seasoned with steak seasoning and grilled to perfection
Bar S Meat franks, with Shocker coupon at $10 additional purchase, .47=hot dogs
Lay's potato chips, $1.77
Arrowhead water, $2.88
Blue Bunny ice cream with shocker coupon, $1.67
Watermelon, .15 lb.
Dole bananas, .48 lb.=banana cupcakes, banana splits, banana cream pie, chocolate covered frozen bananas
Raspberries, .97=berry salad, raspberries sprinkled around decadent frosted brownies or atop a chocolate cake, raspberry ice cream, raspberry freezer jam on cheesecake pie, raspberry shortcake, Peach/Raspberry Crisp, yum
Extra lean ground beef, $1.99 lb.=hamburgers, tacos
Fresh King Salmon Fillets, $6.99 lb.=grilled or baked salmon
Sweet Large red lion nectarines, .99 lb.=nectarine tart
Pork loin baby back ribs, buy 1, get 2 free with in-store coupon, limit 1 reward per transaction=BBQ ribs
Whole seedless watermelon, $1.88 each, limit 2=ice cold refreshing watermelon wedges, or melon salad
Lay's potato chips or Wheat thins or Pace salsa, 3/$5=appetizers while grilling
Albertson's buns, .88=Hamburgers or Hot dogs
Hebrew National hot dogs, $1.97=hot dogs
Gourmet baby red potatoes, 1.5 lb. bag, $2.99 each=roasted red garlic potatoes, potato salad
Fry's Grand re-opening on Tatum/shea
Fry's milk, $1.59 gal., limit 2
Fry's large eggs, .59, limit 2=deviled eggs
Monday, August 30, 2010
Here it is:
1-Yogurt, toast, juice
5-Eggs, toast, sausage
1-PB&J sandwich, orange sections
2-Bologna sandwich, crackers
3-PB&J sandwich, crackers, lemonade
4-PB&J sandwich, strawberries
5-Bologna sandwich, snack pack pudding cup
6-Ramen Noodles, goldfish crackers
7-Ramen noodles, carrots if any are left
1-Chicken tacos, cheese, sour cream, taco sauce, lettuce if desired
2-Banquet meat pies, have allowed for four
3-Spaghetti and salad
4-Polynesian chicken salad, cantaloupe wedge and roll
see recipe under "salads" at side
5-Mac & cheese with hot dog coins, roll
6-Pot Roast, mashed potatoes, baby carrots, steamed broccoli
7-Leftovers, soda pop
Dessert and snacks
Yellow cake plain or with strawberries and whipped cream
Strawberries and cream
boneless skinless chicken breasts, 4 lbs. aprox. $7
Albertson's lg. egg, .79 with coup from ad, limit 2, buy 2
Russet potatoes, 10# bag, $1.99 with coup from ad
Maruchan ramen, .10 with coup from ad, limit 24, buy 4 at .40
Kraft Mac & cheese, .69 with coup from ad, limit 4, buy 2
Armour sizle and serve sausage, .88 with coup from ad, limit 4, buy 1
Bar S jumbo meat franks, .77
Bar S Bologna, .97
Banquet Pot Pies, .69, buy 4 at $2.76
Triscuits or wheat thins crackers, $1.99
mini carrots, $1
Chuck roast, $1.77 lb, buy 3 lbs. at $5.31
Strawberries, .99, buy 2
Whipped cream in a can, $1.99
Betty Crocker brownie mix, $1
Food Club popcorn, $1
Bashas milk, 1/2 gal, 10/$10, buy 4 at $4
Del Monte spaghetti sauce, $1
Dole pineapple, $1
dole mandarin oranges, $1
Old Orchard juice, $1
Dinner rolls, 12 count, $1.99
Kroger sour cream, $1
Kroger lemonade, $1
Kroger Peanut butter, 10/$10, buy 1
Kroger grape jelly, 10/$10, buy 1
Fry's sandwich bread, 10/$10, buy 3
Sanck Pack pudding, 10/$10, buy 1
Goldfish crackers, 10/$10, buy 1
Kroger salad dressing 10/$10, buy 1
Ortega taco shells, $1.49
Ortega taco sauce, $1.49
Kroger shredded cheese, 2/$3
Nabisco snack crackers, $1.99
green onions, 2/$1, buy 1
Lucerne yogurt, 10/$4, buy 10, buy one vanilla flavored for the chicken salad
Betty Crocker cake mix, .99
Safeway Pasta, .89
Cantaloupe, 3/$1, buy 1
Peaches, .88 lb, buy 2 lbs. at $1.76
Roma tomatoes, .88 lb.
Valencia oranges, .88 lb., buy 4 lbs at $3.52
Cauliflower or broccoli, .88 lb.
Oats, .69 lb, buy 4 lbs. at $2.76
Lettuce, I've allowed for $1
Items not on the grocery list:
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
So...food sales this week. Fry's has a really good buy 8 items sale, get $4 off this week. If you have kids in swim or football or cross country, go get some Powerade for .38 each this week to have on hand for buddy bags or for dehydration prevention. I'm not sure how many 8's you can do in one transaction. I did two today.
1-Breakfast tacos. Flour tortillas with scrambled egg, cheese, cooked crumble sausage.
2-Banana Pancakes, Sunny D
5-Pancakes, syrup, Sunny D
1-PB&J sandwich, carrots and celery, Capri Sun drink
2-PB&J sandwich, grapes, Capri Sun drink
3-Lunchmeat sandwich, grapes
4-PB&J sandwich, carrots, apple
5-Lunchmeat sandwich, carrots, fruit bowl
6-PB&J sandwich, wheat thins, yogurt
7-Egg salad sandwich, wheat thins, whatever fruit is leftover
1-Eggplant/Zucchini parmesan, green salad. See recipe at side under "Vegetarian". Use a can of stewed tomatoes blended in the blender with herbs for the marinara or buy a jar of Ragu spaghetti sauce and add the price into the total. If you don't buy the stewed tomatoes, then adjust the "8" list
3-London Broil, corn on the cob
4-Chicken, grilled or baked, mashed potatoes, chilled canned peaches
5-Chicken noodle soup made with carrots, celery, canned broth, some onion, pasta/macaroni and leftover chicken from idea #4
6-Green salad with cumcumber, tomatoes, leftover steak or chicken if there is any, hardboiled egg wedges, Kaiser rolls
7-Breakfast for dinner, Waffles, syrup and sausage links, Sunny D
London Broil, $1.97 lb., buy 2 lbs. at $3.94
Seedless grapes, .77 lb. buy 2 lbs. at $1.54
Albertson's large eggs, .88, buy 2 doz.
Farmer John breakfast links, 10/$10, buy 2
Don Pancho tortillas, 10/$10, buy 1
La Moderna pasta, 5/$1, buy 1 at .20
Kaiser Rolls, $1.99, 6 count
Bashas' milk, $1.67 gal, buy 2 at $3.34
Chicken drums, thighs, leg 1/4's, .77 lb., buy 3 lbs. at $2.31
California peaches, .59 lb., buy 3 lbs. at $1.77
Tillamook cheese, $1.77, buy 2 pkgs., make one mozzarella for the Eggplant/Zucchini Parmesan
Food Club lunch meat, $2.99
Krusteaz Pancake mix, 2/$4, buy 1
Food Club syrup, 2/$4, buy 1
Dole bananas, .48 lbs, buy 5 lbs. at $2.40
Celery, .99 each
Taco seasoning, I've allowed for $1.00
Buy "8" list
1-Del Monte sliced peaches, .79
2-Del Monte stewed or diced tomatoes, .79 (whir in the blender and add italian herbs to it)
3-Betty crocker Pouch Potatoes, .49
4-Betty Crocker Pouch Potatoes, .49
7-Capri Sun drinks, $1.27
8-Old El Paso taco shells, .99
Super lean ground beef, $1.77 lb. in 2 lb. chub, $3.54
Mini watermelon, $1
Kroger yogurt, .40, buy 8, $3.20
Kroger fruit bowls, $1.67
Chicken broth, I'ved allowed .99, buy 4
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 4
Onion, I've allowed $1
Cottage cheese, I've allowed $1.50 (in place of ricotta for the Zucchini/Eggplant Parmesan
Wheat thins, 2/$4, buy 1
Zucchini, .99 lb.
Cucumbers, .49 each
Sweet corn, 4/$1, buy 4
Fuji apples, .88 lb., buy 3 at $2.64
Iceberg lettuce, .88 each, buy 2 at $1.76
Baby carrots, .88
Roma tomatoes, .69 lb., buy 2 lbs. at $1.76
Eggplant, .88 each
Oats, 2 lbs./$1, buy 4 lbs. at $2.00
Items not on grocery list:
herbs and seasonings
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Summer Punch Slush
from Margie M.
One 12 oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate
One 12 oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate
4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring
2 teaspoons almond flavoring (I have made this without the almond flavoring and we still liked it a lot)
20 cups water
Mix well to dissolve sugar. Freeze in one large tupperware-type container or in several gallon size zip-lock baggies placed in the large Tupperware container. Set out about an hour before serving to partially thaw. Smash it up and add a cold 7-Up type pop to make into a smooth slush. I use a potato masher to smash it up smooth.
Have one or two 2-liter bottles of ice-cold pop on hand. You probably won't use but one.
Makes one gallon
This is the same punch but in unfrozen state and without the fizz of the pop. Or you could add some pop if you wanted to.
1 small can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 small can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond flavoring
1 teasponn vanilla flavoring
Mix well to dissolve sugar. Pour into a gallon container and fill to top with water. Refrigerate until well chilled so the flavors blend. Shake or stir before pouring.
Monday, August 9, 2010
1-Oatmeal, apple juice
2-Brakfast taco with tortilla, eggs, cheese, sausage
4-Oatmeal, fresh pineapple chunks
1-Bologna sandwich, brownie
2-PB&J sandwich, cantaloupe chunks
3-Ramen noodles, brownie
4-PB&J sandwich, strawberries
5-Bologna sandwich, watermelon chunks
7-Chicken wrap, pepper strips
1-Spaghetti Alfredo, green salad, crusty bread
2-Marinated Top sirloin on the grill. Corn on the cob, steamed broccoli
3-Hamburger stroganoff, applesauce. See recipes under ground beef for Hamburger Strogonoff recipe
4-Taco soup. If leftover corn on the cob, strip the niblets off of the cob and use that in the soup. See recipes under soup for recipe for Taco soup. Sour cream, shredded cheese as toppers.
5-Hot dogs with buns, potato salad
6-Chicken Polynesian salad with cantaloupe wedges. See recipe under Salads.
7-Cheese Omelets, crusty bread
Sweet corn, 5/$1, buy 5
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, $1.67 lb., buy 3 lbs. at $5.01
Bar S franks, 10/$10, buy 1
Bar S bologna, 10/$10, buy 1
Don Pancho tortillas, 10/$10, buy 1
English cucumbers, 10/$10, buy 1
Tillamook cheese, $3.99 with coupon from Wed. ad
Pillsbury brownie, .88 with coupon from Wed. ad
Dole Pineapple, .87 with coupon from Wed. ad
Resers Potato salad, .99 lb with coupon from Wed. ad
Red or green grapes, .77 lb, buy 2 lbs.
Bashas milk, $1.67 gal., $3.34
Mini watermelon, $1.99
Ragu Pasta sauce, .99
Food Club pasta, .99
Food Club applesauce, 2/$3
Bashas sour cream, $1.29, buy 2
Dole bananas, .48 lb., buy 10 lbs.
Green bell peppers, 2/$1, buy 1
Eggs, I've allowed for $1.29/doz., buy 2
Top Sirloin, $1.99 lb., buy 2 lbs. at $3.98
Cream cheese, I've allowed for .99
Del Monte gold pineapple, $1
Maruchan Ramen noodles, 6/$1
Fry's vegetables, 5/$3, buy one can of corn at .60. Don't buy corn if you plan to use the leftover corn on the cob for the taco soup
Fry's tomato sauce, 2/.88, buy 2
Fry's canned tomatoes, .77, buy 2
Fry's black beans, .77, buy 1
Langer's apple juice, .99
Kroger Value Peanut butter, $1.49
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 4
Hot dog buns, I've allowed for $1.50
Vanilla yogurt, .75
Onion, I've allowed for $1
Mushrooms, I've allowed for $2
noodles, I've allowed for $2
scallions, I've allowed for .50
Ground beef, $1.29 lb., min. 5lb. purchase, $6.45
Jumbo cantaloupe, .88
Broccoli crowns, .88 lb., buy 2
Romaine lettuce, .88
French bread, $1.29, buy 2
Oats, .69 lb., buy 4 lbs.
Items not on grocery list:
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Gina's Banana Cupcakes
recipe courtesy of The Neelys
from Downhome Cookin with the Neelys
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 large ripe bananas, peeled, and mashed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, (reserve some for garnish) I left out the nuts altogether
2 tablespoons whole milk (I used skim)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons molasses (I used 1 tablespoon)
2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 1 (12 cup) muffin pan with paper cupcake liners. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, add the butter and the sugar. Beat with a hand-eld mixer until combined. Add the sour cream and the vanilla extract. Slowly beat in the eggs, 1 at a time. Incorporate the dry mixture and wet mixtures together until thoroughly combined. (I, however, dumped in the wet ingredients with the leavenings, mixed them, then dumped in the flour and mixed) Add the banans and walnuts, being careful not to over mix. Using an ice cream scoop, fill each cupcake liner 3/4 way full. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops turn golden-brown and when a toothpick, inserted in the middle of the cupcake, comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the oven to a wire rack and let cool before frosting.
In a large bowl, add the butter and cream cheese. Beat together until incorporated. Add the molasses and mix well. Stir in the vanilla extract, milk and powdered sugar.
Heavily frost the cupcakes and garnish with reserved shopped walnuts.
The egg substitute I used was:
2 T. water, 1 T. veg. oil, 1/2 tsp. baking powder for each egg called for.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
from Cindy B.
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 C. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. canned pumpkin
1/2 chocolate chips
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease bottom of muffin pans or use paper liners. Mix all ingredients just until flour is moistened. Batter should be lumpy.
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle sugar on top of batter. Bake about 18-20 minutes for full size muffins, or 10-12 minutes for mini muffins.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
I asked myself the question this afternoon that what if someone didn't like my menu plan for the week. What then? What if you don't like PB&J sandwiches or oatmeal or casseroles? Do your own thing. Believe me, we are as picky as they come over at this house. I couldn't pull off tuna sandwiches for lunch for my family. These are ideas to let you know that it is possible to serve good food within a reasonable budget.
Let me tell you some of my basic rules and strategies when I scour the ads on Wednesday. I stick to the meats on the first page of the store ad. And I stick to the meats that are under $2/lb. Under $1/lb., even better. If you have enough cash reserve during the week to buy family packs of meat, then the price per pound goes down. Read the price stickers closely. Learn how to read then, then teach your kids to read them.
For produce and meat. If, when you get to the store and the item on sale looks crappy, then don't buy it. It's not a good deal if you have to throw it away before you can use it. It's also not a good deal if your family won't eat it. Only buy what your family likes. Produce on the last page or produce page will be the best prices in the store that week. Sometimes frozen or canned is cheaper. Just depends on what your family likes and will eat.
I buy Mayo and condiments around big BBQ and holiday weekend sales. With a coupon you can get mustard free, mayo for $1.50-$2.00 for a quart. If you don't stockpile these items and need them, see the store generic brands like Kroger Value at Fry's and Food Club at Basha's. I don't see a difference in most items that are generic. However, I am a Mayonnaise snob and buy only Kraft.
Get used to buying and eating seasonal produce, it will save you a bunch of money.
Watch "best by" dates and "use by" dates closely. If you stockpile more than you are going to use before an expiration date, it doesn't save you $. Having said that, I use lots of stuff after the expiration date. Don't think any less of me. But I do not use mayo or salad dressings after the exp. date. They get really funky after their exp. date.
Sooz gave me grief for not posting the picture of the dead, bloated cow. The below image is not for the squeamish. It's waiting for the "dead" truck.
Friday, July 30, 2010
from All Recipes
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. sprinkle topping over muffins. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.
From Pioneer Woman Cooks, pg. 92-93
1 large onion
2 cups buttermilk (if you don't have any buttermilk, add 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar to just under 1 cup of low fat milk)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 scant tablespoon salt (I found this too salty for my taste)
Plenty of black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Canola oil for frying
Begin by peeling the onion and slicing very thinly. Separate the onion slices and place them in a shallow dish. Pour buttermilk over the top. Press the onions down so they're submerged as much as possible and let them soak on the counter for at least an hour. If necessary, stir them around a bit halfway through the soaking process. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, black pepper, and cayenne. Pour 1 to 2 quarts canola oil in a pot or Dutch oven. Heat to 375 degrees or until a pinch of flour sizzles when sprinkled over the pan. Using tongs, remove a handful of onions from the buttermilk and immediately dunk into the flour mixture. Coat the onions in the flour mixture, then tap them on the inside of the bowl to shake off the excess. Plunge the onions into the hot oil. With a spoon, fiddle with them a bit just to break them up. And watch them! They'll be ready to remove from the oil in no time flat. When they're golden brown (this should take under a minut), remove them from the oil and place on a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with the remaining onion slices and serve immediately. Pile these on top of a juicy grilled hamburger--to die for!
1-Oatmeal, chocolate milk
2-cold cereal, milk
7-Egg in the hole
1-Tuna sandwich, grapes
2-PB&J sandwich, peach slices, Cheez its crackers
3-Tuna sandwich, cantaloupe chunks
4-PB&J sandwich, orange
6-Pizza, watermelon wedges
7-PB&J sandwich, melon salad
2-Favorite chicken, see recipe at side, steamed broccoli
3-Cobb salad. Lettuce, cucumber, radishes, green onions, hard boiled eggs, leftover chicken, bacon. Save some cooked bacon for the Potato soup on menu idea #5
4-Hamburgers, PW's fried onion strings, see recipe at side
5-Potato soup, see recipe at side. Toppers: Leftover fried onions strings (crisp up in oven first if desired), shredded cheese, sliced scallions, crumbled bacon. I haven't allowed for heavy cream in the budget so use milk only.
6-Stuffed green pepper halves. Stuff with ground beef, cooked rice, tomato sauce, onions. Vegetable for side dish. If any whole hard boiled eggs left over, make deviled eggs.
7-Oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green salad
Banana muffins, see recipe at side
Ground beef, 93 %, 5 lbs. or more, $1.88 lb., buy 5# at $9.40
Red Baron pizza, $2.79
Iceberg lettuce, 2/$1, buy 2
Malt O Meal cereal, $1.99
Russet potatoes, $2.99 for 10# bag
English cucumbers, .99 each
Mushrooms, $1.99 each
Dole bananas, .48 lb., buy 4 lbs. at $2.40
Australian Navel oranges, .88 lb., buy 5 lbs. at $4.40
Cantaloupe, .88 each
Fry's sandwich bread, .88, buy 4 at $3.52
Hunt's Pasta sauce, 10/$10, buy 1
American Beauty pasta, 10/$10, buy 1
Broccoli or Cauliflower, 10/$10, buy 1 lb.
Pictsweet vegetables, 10/$10, buy 2
Boneless skinless chicken breasts, $1.77 lb, buy 4 lbs.
Kroger shredded cheese, 2/$3, buy 2
Kroger Value bacon, $1.68
Bumble Bee Tuna, 2/$1, buy 2
Fry's lg. eggs, .88, buy 2 at $1.76
Fry's chocolate milk, .88, buy 1
Kroger Value peanut butter, $1.49
Rice, allowed for $2.99
Tomato sauce, allowed for .50
chicken broth, allowed for .99, buy 2
vegetable broth, allowed for .99, buy 2
Green seedless grapes, .78 lb., buy 2 lbs. at $1.56
Peaches, .88 lb., buy 3 lbs. at $2.64
Mini watermelon, $1.99
Dairy Glen milk, $1.68 gal, buy 2 gal at $3.36
Safeway Hot dog or Hamburger buns, .99, buy one Hamburger buns
Green bell pepper, 3/.99, buy 2 at .66
Land O Lakes spreadable butter, .99 with coupon and $10 min. purchase
Green onions, radishes, 2/$1, buy one of each
Cheez its crackers, 2/$4, buy 1
Walla Walla sweet yellow onions, .99 lb., buy one or two
Oats, .69 lb., buy 3 lbs. at $2.07
Items not on grocery list
buttermilk, use milk and vinegar
packaged bread crumbs
sweet pickle relish
basil, fresh or dried
Monday, July 26, 2010
Some of the great deals I've found at Bashas' since I've been back are:
Round steak for $1.69/lb. Add some of the canned tomatoes on sale and have swiss steak. Or a can of cr. of mushroom soup and some water, a little garlic salt to the crockpot for an easy peezy dinner.
Ground round for $1.69/lb., limit 2--I've gotten three packs of this already since Sat. and fried it off and bagged it for meals. It's in the freezer for when I need to make tacos, spaghetti sauce, burritos, shepherd's pie, casserole, etc. I even froze some raw that I can thaw out to make meatloaf out of. Or make into patties for hamburgers and freeze with waxed or parchment paper in-between the patties.
Whole chickens, .49/lb. Great price. Roast/bake the chicken or put it out on the grill on the side with the burners off and cook it out there to keep the house cool. I forget how long it takes that way. Google cooking the chicken on the grill and I bet you'll find the answer.
Dreyer's ice cream, 2/$5. Perfect as it is or scoop onto a peach/raspberry crisp or brownie or on top of strawberries.
Strawberries, .99. Make some freezer jam. I make enough in the spring and summer to sustain us for toast and as cheesecake topping throughout the year. Or if you're really a go-getter, make enough for your Christmas give aways now and then in Dec. you won't have to lift a finger for friend's and neighbor's gifts. Or use the strawberries to top ice cream.
Bashas' large eggs for .69/doz. Killer price on eggs this week. I think that there was a limit of two at a time. You could make a frittata or quiche, deviled eggs, egg salad sandwiches, omelots, egg in the hole.
Stokely's canned vegetables and Food Club tomatoes, .69. Taco soup, corn and bean salad or salsa, Chili, or vegetable side to your roast chicken.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
St. George Temple, St. George, Utah
Corn field, Meridian, Idaho
Another corn field
Wheat field, Meridian, Idaho
The story of our life. Our vaction life, that is.
On the way to Ola
A sign in Ola, Idaho, next to a school. I thought it was funny.
Cows eating in Emmett, Idaho
Somewhere in Northern Utah. I love contrasting field colors.
Lagoon Amusement Park, Farminton, Utah. The old, old, old roller coaster
The hubs loves old tractors, this one was on a trailer. He had to speed up so that I could snap a picture of it. Sorry. Glare from the window
On approach to Hoover Dam, the new bridge they've built
The statues talked about in the Percy Jackson book. Not sure which book of the series Lake Mead